Archives for: ‘Natalie Hickey’

A lesson in sharing: Google’s new AdWords policy

Imagine you are a well-known multinational company. You’ve worked long and hard to establish yourself as a market leader. You’ve taken advice from your trusty legal team to register your trade marks. You’re pretty proud of yourself for keeping up with new technology and have finally worked out how to use the Internet to best market your business. Why, then, …

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Why are lawyers deciding on munchkins’ hairstyles? The Wizard of Oz and copyright

Every frame of Disney’s newly released film, The Great and Powerful Oz has been examined closely by lawyers, and not just because they are fans of its star, James Franco.  Lawyers’ recommendations have led Disney to change certain features of the film, for reasons other than their – ahem – expertise as film critics. Disney’s film is a prequel to …

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De-mining the DMCA’s Safe Harbor: UMG v Veoh

As well as being home to the world’s largest film and music companies, the US is the intellectual, entrepreneurial and technical leader of the digital age. There is an inherent tension between the media and IT industries, for it is the IT service providers, software companies and website owners whose services and infrastructure facilitate copyright infringement of their users. Herein …

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Social media compliance not just a worry; now a mandate for C-Suites and Boards

Even if a listed company has no interest in social media, last week’s final release of ASX’s Guidance Note 8 confirms that social media compliance is front and centre for Boards and C-Suites across Australia, whether they like it or not. If listed entities want to keep confidential a pending market sensitive announcement or a close to final market sensitive …

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ACCC 2013 agenda offers little for businesses involved in social media

It is surprising that the ACCC’s updated Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2013 makes no express mention of social media.  Introduced by Rod Sims in a speech in Sydney on Thursday, 22 February 2013, to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, the ACCC’s priorities extend to “online consumer issues” but that’s as far as it goes. Such “online consumer …

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When technology becomes too popular: ‘We the People’ perhaps a case in point

For those of us rounding up our 25,000 closest friends for a ‘We The People’ petition in the USA, we have some bad news. Only a few days after we posted about the now infamous ‘Death Star’ petition, the White House blogged that due to the popularity of the site, the numbers needed to obtain a response from the White …

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Stephen Dank’s defamation claim for $10 million damages – A good press release, but what about the law

The Australian sports scientist Stephen Dank has been at the centre of recent media reports concerning his oversight of a supplements program to players at Essendon Football Club (a Melbourne AFL team). Last Sunday 10 February, his solicitors announced his plans to sue for defamation. The lawyers’ media release, reportedly entitled: “Defamation Claims for Ten Million Dollars”, foreshadowed multiple proceedings …

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“It’s my moment, not yours”… US Court decision clarifies who owns photos on Twitter

In the US case of Agence France Presse v. Morel [2012] a series of iconic images of the Haitian earthquake taken by Daniel Morel and uploaded to Twitter were held to have been wrongly used by global news companies. Significantly, it is the first case that clarifies how photos uploaded to the ‘Twittersphere’ can legally be used by third parties …

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Google Inc v ACCC: More detailed analysis

Further to our breaking news post this morning (we promised there was more to follow!), our Anthony McKew and John Swinson have prepared an alert on the High Court’s decision in Google Inc v ACCC. The High Court today has allowed the appeal of Google Inc against the Federal Court’s decision that Google breached s.52 of the Trade Practices Act …

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